ⓘ Miraflores District, Lima. Miraflores is a district of the Lima Province in Peru. It is an exclusive residential and upscale shopping district south of downtown ..


ⓘ Miraflores District, Lima

Miraflores is a district of the Lima Province in Peru. It is an exclusive residential and upscale shopping district south of downtown Lima. It is also one of the most affluent districts that make up the city of Lima. It has various hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and department stores. Miraflores is one of the main tourist attractions in Lima.

Founded as San Miguel de Miraflores, it was established as a district on January 2, 1857. As a result of the Battle of Miraflores fought during the War of the Pacific, Miraflores got the designation of Ciudad Heroica "Heroic City". The current mayor is Luis Alfonso Molina Arles. The districts postal code is 18.


1. Geography

The district has a total land area of 9.62 km². Its administrative center is located 79 meters above sea level.


  • East: Surquillo and Santiago de Surco
  • North: San Isidro and Surquillo
  • South: Barranco and Santiago de Surco
  • West: Pacific Ocean

Climate Miraflores has a marine climate, characterized by mild, humid, and comfortable conditions. Temperatures oscillate from 13 °C 55 °F to 18 °C 64 °F in winter, and from 20 °C 68 °F to 30 °C 86 °F in summer. Low clouds are frequent, especially during winter, when morning drizzles are not uncommon. Heavy rain is almost unseen.


2. History

The only pre-Inca ruin remaining in Miraflores, Huaca Pucllana formerly Hispanicized as Juliana can still be seen. The Spanish town of Miraflores was established in the 16th century. However it was merged into the Lima Metropolitan Area as the city expanded during the early 20th century. During the War of the Pacific 1879–1885, the district was the scene of the Battle of Miraflores. Two thousand people died as a result and the district was sacked and burned by Chilean invaders.


3. Demographics

According to a 2010 estimate by the INEI, the district has 85.065 inhabitants and a population density of 8.516.84 persons per km². In 2010, there were 28.116 households in the district. Miraflores has a high Human Development Index at 0.986 and the lowest poor population in Lima, with only 1.80% of the district living in poverty. Along with its northern neighbour, San Isidro, Miraflores is inhabited primarily by upper-class residents and is consistently listed as one of the three most expensive districts in the country.


4. Culture and education

The district is also a cultural center, with theaters, cinemas and art galleries. It also has a pre-Inca mud-brick temple called the Huaca Pucllana, one of a number of archaeological sites found in Lima.

Private schools predominate in Miraflores, with the district housing 128 such institutions as of 2010. Conversely, the district is home to only 12 public schools; this can be attributed to the socioeconomic makeup of the district. Schools are divided into primary grades 1-6 and secondary school grades 1-5 or 7-11. Since in Peru school only takes 11 years, the typical university education is 5 years long for undergraduates.

In terms of education, the Miraflores district lodges some of the most prestigious private schools in Peru, such as the British schools Markham College, and San Silvestre School, the German school Deutsche Schule Alexander von Humboldt, and the Swiss school Colegio Pestalozzi. It also lodges the University of Piura and the Raul Porras Barrenechea Institute of the National University of San Marcos.


5. Economy

Tourism dominates the economy of the district. LAN Peru has its headquarters in Miraflores. The former airline Aeroperu also had its headquarters in Miraflores.


6. Entertainment

The district is full of hotels, cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops, which draw large crowds of the local population on Sundays. Parque Kennedy, Miraflores central plaza, regularly has flea markets and art exhibitions. Larcomar, a shopping mall overlooking the Pacific coast, is located in Miraflores, and is very popular among tourists, young people, and the middle and upper classes. There are restaurants, stores, a food court, ice cream shops, arcades, bowling alleys, nightclubs, bars, and the most modern cinema in Lima.

The main tourist attractions include an archaeological complex called La Huaca Pucllana, Parque Kennedy, the Iglesia Virgen Milagrosa church of the Miraculous Virgin, Parque del Amor Lovers Park, the Larcomar mall, and Calle de las Pizzas Pizza Street. The Calle de las Pizzas, located in downtown Miraflores, is a favourite among the youth, foreigners and locals alike. It is home to many pubs, and as its name implies, offers not only drinks but also varieties of pizzas and other food.

Miraflores has always been a major hub for tourists in Lima. There are a number of hotels in the area, including a couple of international hotel brands. Furthermore, there are several shops selling souvenirs and tourist products. The Miraflores Park Hotel is one of the districts five-star hotels.


7. Costa Verde

The Costa Verde "green coast" area has several beaches, which draw surfers and beachgoers during the summertime. However, these rocky beaches are not as popular with bathers as the large, sandy beaches in the districts south of Lima, such as Santa Maria del Mar, Punta Hermosa, San Bartolo, Lurin and Punta Negra. La Marina Lighthouse is located on the cliffs overlooking the Costa Verde.

Paragliders launch from the coastal cliffs, providing there is enough wind.

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